Posts Tagged With: Pomegranate

Red Rocket Quinoa Salad

Recently I’ve been loving making rocket, pear and parmasan salad,  but I had a couple of pomegranates in the fruit bowl and after reading Alexx Stuart’s recipe for a “powerhouse antioxidant red salad” I came up with the following Red Rocket Quinoa Salad – perfect side for a roast chicken.

rocket quinoa pomegranate beetroot almond avocado salad

Cook the quinoa in some boiling salted water for 10 minutes – I used about 1/3 cup dry quinoa.
While it is cooking, start putting together the rest of the salad:

In a bowl, add each ingredient in the following order, mixing after each addition:
~ 1 pomegranate – bash the seeds and juice out using the back of a spoon (do this first so you can pick out bits of pith that may fall in)
~ handful of rocket
~ a few sprigs of parsley, finely chopped
~ 3 baby beetroots, cut into 8ths (Costco have some vacuum sealed packets which are tasty, quick and easy)
~ drizzle balsamic vinegar (I used a small amount of caramelised strawberry balsamic)
~ squeeze of lemon juice (half of a half)
~ drizzle of olive oil
~ pinch of sea salt
~ add the cooked quinoa

Top the salad with flaked almonds and slices of avocado.

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Watercress & Pomegranate Salad

Quick, easy and refreshing for summer

~ half bunch of watercress, roughly chopped
~ juice of half a lemon
~ seeds and juice of 1 pomegranate
~ mint leaves – about 10 or so, torn

Place watercress on the bottom of the bowl
Squeeze the lemon juice over the top
Add the torn mint and bang out the inside seeds and juice of 1/2 (or a whole) pomegranate.

watercress pomegranate salad chicken patties quinoa

Served with Thai Chicken Patties and Quinoa Pomegranate

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Thai Chicken Patties, Stuffed Mushrooms, Broccoli Bean Salad & Quinoa Kale Pomegranate Salad

While this isn’t truly a new recipe, I just thought I’d share the meal I made last night, which was made up of recipes I’ve already posted.  It took all up about an hour for me to prepare and cook.  I made a couple of variations on each dish.

~ Thai Chicken Patties – I added some sesame oil, thai basil leaves and a bit of sweet chilli sauce

~ Stuffed Mushrooms – I used Orgran Corn Crispy Crumbs, red onion and pinenuts

~ Broccoli and Bean Salad 

~ Kale and Pomegranate Quinoa

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Quinoa, Kale & Pomegranate Salad

I’ve been trying to find a good recipe with kale as it is so nutrient dense (vitamin K, A and C) but didn’t want something that was too ‘hippy’ as I didn’t want to put off the people I was feeding!
The addition of the pomegranate makes it sweet and crunchy – thanks to Scandi Foodie for inspiration for this dish!

~ 3/4 cup dry quinoa, boiled in salted water for 10 minutes and drained
~ 1/2 bunch of kale (I used the purple variety that I found at my local asian grocers), steamed for about a minute then chopped coarsely
~ 1 pomegranate – seeds and juice
~ drizzle of balsamic vinegar
~ drizzle of olive oil
~ salt and pepper

Combine the above in a bowl.
Make a dressing in a glass or jug out of:

~ 1/3 tsp dijon mustard
~ 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
~ 2 tbsp olive oil
~ salt and pepper

Spoon dressing over the salad and serve! (makes enough for 3-4 people)

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Quinoa Cauliflower Salad

This is a cut down version of a Caroline Velik salad I made for Christmas Day which everybody loved.  It can be a little more time consuming than the other salads, but it’s worth it in the end!

Quinoa Cauliflower Salad

~ 1 cup dry quinoa – boiled in salted water for 10 minutes then drained and set aside
~ 1/2 cup brown rice – boiled in salted water for 20 mins, drained
~ 1/2 cup french green lentils – boiled in salted water for 20 mins, drained
~ 1/4 or 1/2 a cauliflower (depending on how much you like cauliflower!)
~ 1 tsp ground coriander
~ 1 tsp ground cumin
~  2 tbsp plain flour
~ olive oil
~ couple of handfuls of pistachios
~ handful of cranberries, soaked in the juice of 1 orange (while prepping the rest of the dish)
~ handful of chopped coriander leaves
~ handful of chopped parsley leaves
~ juice of 1/2 a lemon
~ salt and pepper to taste

Place the cooked quinoa, rice and lentils in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
Cut the cauliflower into small florets and place them in a bowl with the ground coriander, cumin and flour – toss to coat.  Fry in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes until tender but still a little crunchy. Add to the bowl with the quinoa.
Add the pistachios, cranberries and herbs to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon over the top and mix through.  Add olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Also served with the steak on the plate is Tomato Basil salad and Watercress Pomegranate salad

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Thai Chicken Patties, Quinoa & Pomegranate Salad

Thai Chicken Patties

~ 500g chicken mince
~ 2 spring onions, finely sliced
~ handful roughly chopped coriander
~ 1/2 red chilli, chopped finely
~ pinch ground corriander
~ salt and pepper

Mix the above ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Place handfuls of the pattie mixture on a warm-hot fry pan and cook for about 4 minutes each side until cooked through

Quinoa & Pomegranate Salad

~ 1 cup dry quinoa – boiled in salted water and drained
~ seeds and juice of 1 pomegranate
~ handful of roughly chopped corrainder
~ small handful of chopped mint
~ juice of 1 lime
~ small handful of pinenuts, toasted on a pan
~ salt and pepper
~ pinch of ground corriander

Combine the above ingredients in a bowl (try to wait until the quinoa has cooled before adding the rest of the ingredients otherwise the herbs will wilt)

Watercress & Pomegranate Salad

~ half bunch of watercress, roughly chopped
~ juice of half a lemon
~ seeds and juice of 1 pomegranate
~ mint leaves – about 10 or so, torn

Place watercress on the bottom of the bowl, squeeze the lemon juice over the top, add the torn mint and sprinkle the top with the pomegranate seeds.

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